Discerning Culture’s Subtle Messages Using Truth and Logic

Culture has some catchy slogans. So many sound nice on the surface but are lacking in meaning. Some are partially true, but wrapped up in a lie. Some even refute themselves. But many of the world’s lies aren’t so blatantly obvious. They’re subtle and sneak up on you when you least expect it. Let’s examine a few of these sayings using truth and logic to better equip ourselves to spot unbiblical or illogical messages in our daily lives.

I recently spent a few minutes at two local home décor stores (one Christian, one not), and I found dozens of catch phrases that did not pass the sniff test. There were two major themes I noticed: hedonism and humanism.


The first overarching theme I noticed was hedonism, the ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.[1] I’m sure many of these pictures below feature slogans that aren’t new or surprising to you. Notice how subtle they are:


We have all noticed these hedonistic themes in our culture. You’ve seen it in the abortion debate, gay marriage, and now transgender ideology. The message: do what makes you happy. As Christians, we should compare these messages with the truth of God’s Word and his nature. God cannot be illogical or contradict Scripture. We also should strive to use logic and reason as we compare messages we consume to what God has revealed to us in his Word.

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